In the first week of September, the city and OCMW (the public centre for social well-being in Belgium) of Poperinge, a city in the Belgian province of West Flanders, donated a part of their out-of-date IT material to Close the Gap.
Together, the city council and the OCMW decided it would be better to donate their material to Close the Gap than to throw it away. By giving a second life to their used material, Poperinge and Close the Gap can together support various educational, health or social projects in emerging and developing countries.
The donated material consisted of around 20 printers and servers, for which we would like to thank both the city and OCMW of Poperinge. This example shows that all kinds of IT material, and not only computers, can be refurbished and reused to bridge the digital divide.
Read the press coverage of this donation below (in Dutch):
Click here if you are also interested in donating you organisation’s old IT material.